Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Level 1 Autism Services Department (formerly Asperger’s Related Disorders) at West Bergen Mental Healthcare will present three workshops for professionals, family members and students. The co-facilitators are West Bergen professionals who are Masters and Doctoral level clinicians.
Participation is limited. The fee is $25 per workshop; pre-registration is required. All workshops will be held at the West Bergen Center for Children and Youth, One Cherry Lane, Ramsey, NJ. Please complete the registration form on our website: www.westbergen.org and mail it with your check payable to West Bergen Mental Healthcare. Questions may be directed to Amy Whritenour at (201) 934-1160.

1. Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorders 101 (formerly Asperger’s 101): – Designed for those new to the diagnoses or interested in better understanding this disorder and the changes being made to the diagnosis. Attendees will learn the diagnostic criteria, associated features and strengths of the population. Presented by Michela Tripodi, LPC, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

2. Therapeutic Social Skills for Individuals with Level 1 Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders - This Workshop will provide education on understanding the scope of social skills development frequently needed by those diagnosed with Level 1 Autism Disorders. The nature and complexity of social skills, various techniques and tools and how to target social skills development within the natural environment for children through adolescents will be examined. Presented by Loren Galese, LAC, on Tuesday, September 13, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

3. Two or Three for One: The Complexity of Co-Morbidity (additional diagnosis) in Level 1 Autism and Related Disorders – This Workshop will review the symptoms and criteria for the most commonly experienced co-morbid disorders and examine various treatment options. Presented by Cory Birch, LPC, ACS, Thursday, September 15, 12:00 to 1:30 PM.

West Bergen is a non-profit organization providing a wide range of psychiatric and counseling services for all age groups with various levels of need. West Bergen is committed to meeting the psychological needs of each of its clients with sensitivity and responsive, innovative services of the highest quality. West Bergen strives to improve the quality of life in Bergen County and beyond – one life at a time. For further information on West Bergen and the services it provides please call (201) 485-7172.
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Contact: Carol Cohen, Director of Development, (201) 444-3550.